Close to Business Design Centre on Upper Street but tucked away behind Islington Green, Camden Passage is a tiny, paved street and still a big name in the London antiques trade. All our Clerkenwell holiday rental and short let apartments are within easy walking distance of Camden Passage. Stay in elegance and style at BETSEY (sleeps 1 to 4 people); large families or groups will love SELINA penthouse, this apartment sleeps 9 people and offers great views over the City.
Towards the north end of Camden Passage, near The Camden Head pub, the lively flea market is fun. Browse through vintage clothes and bric-a-brac at your leisure; you may well uncover something lovely at a lower price than you would find in any of the shops. Trading days are Wednesday and Saturday.
The African Waistocat Company
33 Islington Green, Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
This tiny gem of a shop specializes in splendid waistcoats with fronts made from Nigerian asa oke cloth. Lengths of exquisite, antique cloth from Northern Nigeria are also on sale. Just as the waistcoats are tailored to an exacting standard, the fabrics used are hand-woven by skilled Yoruba craftsman. An engaging selection of wallets, handmade from various leathers local to South West Nigeria are on sale, too.
Open Wednesday & Saturday 1000h to 1800h, Sunday 1200h to 1800h and at other times by appointment only.
Telephone44 (0)20 77049698 or Mobile: 44(0)7950400048 for an appointment
Unit 3, 34a The Annexe, Islington Green, London N1
Porcelein-headed dolls, wax-headed dolls, boudoir dolls, celluloid dolls, fabric dolls and there are teddy bears and some dolls’ houses I’d quite like to call ‘home’, too. As well as antique dolls ranging in price from £100 to nearly £2000, Brenda at Granny’s Goodies holds a stock of clothing for teddy bears. Brenda can also secure beds at the dolls’ hospital.
Fat Faced Cat
22-24 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
Covering all decades from the Victorian era right through to the 1980s, Fat Faced Cat is an elegant treasure trove of fashion from past times. The shop owner, who trained as a costume designer, compiles her stock from pieces personally-selected for excellent quality as well superb style. This is one of very few surviving vintage clothing retailers on Camden Passage in Islington, where once there were very many.
Head south and cross Charlton Place to find Pierrepoint Arcade. Here, you’ll find antique glass, porcelain, military collectables and antique prints. Visit Himiko for exquisite pieces from Japan; silk kimonos, fans, antique prints and delicate carvings. Dreamtime specializes in millinery, jewellery and pretty accessories.